Things continue to go swimmingly for the New York Knicks organization!
Earlier on Friday, Knicks president Phil Jackson was quite straightforward to the media about Carmelo Anthony, saying that Anthony “would be better off somewhere else.”
After Jackson’s comments, Melo posted this on Instagram and Twitter:
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) April 14, 2017
And perhaps even more interesting is that young Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis liked Melo’s post on Instagram:
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 14, 2017
So, you probably won’t be too surprised with this latest report from ESPN.Com’s Ian Begley, which says that Porzingis skipped exit meetings with Knicks management due to frustration over “dysfunction and drama surrounding the organization”:
Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meetings with New York Knicks management due to frustration over what he perceives as the dysfunction and drama surrounding the organization, team sources told ESPN.com.
Porzingis, according to team sources, is frustrated with the Knicks’ lack of direction. The team missed out on the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
While Knicks fans are probably fine with the idea of moving on from Melo (who turns 33 in May), this Porzingis news is not something they want to hear. The 7’3″ stretch-four is such a unique talent with the ability to get much, much better. Porzingis is still just 21 years old, and averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game in his sophomore campaign.
It will be interesting to see how the Knicks respond, but we’d have to imagine they’ll handle it poorly.